Hyundai IONIQ 5 EV starts at A$71,900, up to 451 km range, just 400 available in November

Hyundai IONIQ 5 EV starts at A$71,900, up to 451 km range, just 400 available in November

Hyundai has unveiled their pricing for the IONIQ 5 battery-electric medium SUV in Austrlaia. Set to go on sale in September, it’s hard to describe the starting price of A$71,900 + on road costs as cheap, it has landed at a reasonable price for what’s on offer and if you’re keen to buy into an all-electric future, the IONIQ 5 does offer some unique features.

IONIQ 5 will be offered initially as a highly equipped ‘IONIQ 5’ launch variant, with a choice of 2WD (rear) or AWD powertrain, up to an initial allocation of 400 units. Hyundai says this first batch will be sold directly to customers, on a first-in, first-served basis, but I think they should continue this direct sales model for all IONIQ 5’s sold in Australia. This has been incredibly successful for the market leader and is something OEMs would do well to replicate.

This new online process is unique to IONIQ 5. The rest of the Hyundai range – including Kona Electric and IONIQ Electric – will continue to be sold through the dealership network in the traditional manner. Make no mistake, buying a new car online is a scary concept for many, but as long as in-person test drives are made available, the transaction piece can easily happen electronically.

The IONIQ 5 offers a real cutting-edge design and that alone will draw many from alternative options. Built on Hyundai’s dedicated Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), IONIQ 5 makes the most of the architecture’s design freedoms with its unique proportions and spacious, flexible and fully-featured interior.

The IONIQ 5 leverages its battery to offer a Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) function, that enables you to connect an adapter to the charge port and charge basically any 240v appliance. This makes the IONIQ 5 a great option for those who like to travel to off-the-grid locations for a couple of days.

“It is our great pleasure to introduce the futuristic IONIQ 5 battery-electric medium SUV, as the first model from our IONIQ EV sub-brand.”

“The powerful, long-range, ultra-fast charging IONIQ 5 represents the leading edge in zero-emissions battery-electric vehicles and is certain to delight customers,” he said.

“Furthermore, by offering IONIQ 5 via an online direct-to-customer sales model, we aim to provide a fair allocation of the limited initial supply in response to overwhelming demand for this vehicle.”

Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Executive Officer Jun Heo

One downside of the IONIQ 5 is the lack of additional storage by way of a frunk, something now commonly expected with an EV. Unfortunately Hyundai’s arrangement of the front motor, cooling and other equipment consumed the space under the hood.

IONIQ 5 Overview

From launch, IONIQ 5 will be available in one flagship trim, with the option of a 2WD, rear-driven motor layout, or a dual motor (rear & front) HTRAC AWD layout. Other trim grades of IONIQ 5 will be introduced at a later date, with timing yet to be confirmed.

Every IONIQ 5 provides the safety of seven airbags and features an extensive suite of SmartSense advanced active safety and driver assistance technologies.

A 12.3″ digital instrument cluster headlines the in-cabin technology, along with a 12.3-inch Multimedia navigation unit featuring Android Auto/Apple CarPlay smartphone compatibility and a BOSE eight-speaker premium audio system.

Luxuries include leather-appointed seats trimmed in sustainable eco-processed leather, 12-way power front seats with ‘Relaxion’ (zero gravity) mode & memory function, and two-way power rear seats (60/40) with memory.

There is also a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a vision glass roof with power sunshade, and a smart power tailgate.

LED headlights, front guide lights and taillights, and striking 20″ alloy wheels complement IONIQ 5’s progressive style to create an attractive, high-tech image.

Smart regenerative braking, a safety-enhancing Virtual Engine Sound System (VESS) and an ‘i-Pedal’ mode that allows one-pedal driving, lets customers enjoy the full benefit of IONIQ 5’s progressive powertrain.

Exterior Design

IONIQ 5’s progressive design is made possible by the freedoms of a dedicated EV platform. By evoking the daring attitude of Hyundai Pony, the company’s first production car, IONIQ 5 highlights Hyundai’s 45-year design journey whilst simultaneously looking ahead to the future.

IONIQ 5’s unique exterior design is characterised by the Pony-inspired profile over a 3,000mm wheelbase. This extended wheelbase requires a more sophisticated approach to translate this new proportion into a contemporary EV typology.

The frontal styling is defined by an eye-catching V-shape incorporating distinctive daytime running lights (DRLs) that provide an unmistakable light signature unique to IONIQ 5. These small, ‘Parametric Pixel’ clusters are echoed at the rear of the vehicle.

Also featuring at the front is Hyundai’s first clamshell bonnet, which is designed to minimise panel gaps for optimal aerodynamics.

Aero-optimised wheels continue the Parametric Dynamics design theme and are offered in a super-sized 20-inch diameter, the largest ever fitted to a Hyundai EV.

The front and rear forms merge on IONIQ 5’s flanks in a distinctive Z-shape, as part of the ‘Parametric Dynamics’ design theme, first seen on the all-new Tucson, While the strong C-pillar shape, inspired by Hyundai’s ‘45’ EV concept, gives IONIQ 5 a commanding and distinctive presence clearly identifiable from a distance.

Automatic power operated flush door handles complete a clean surface styling treatment and enhance IONIQ 5’s aerodynamic efficiency.

Customers can choose from a palette of six exterior colours incorporating nature-inspired hues exclusive to IONIQ 5. These include solid Atlas White, Galactic Grey Metallic, Phantom Black, Digital Teal-Green and Lucid Blue Mica, and the Matte Gravity Gold.

Interior

IONIQ 5’s underfloor battery and compact EV powertrain give rise to an uncommonly spacious cabin with a flat floor, allowing for superb freedom of movement.

A ‘Living Space’ theme runs through IONIQ 5’s interior, centred on a sliding universal island centre console that can be slid fore and aft by up 140mm, for maximum versatility.

Additional clever design touches, such as power-adjustable front seats that are some 30% slimmer than conventional units, further optimise IONIQ 5’s cabin space and versatility.

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